Queen of Hearts winner only gets half of the pot - KMOV.com

Queen of Hearts winner only gets half of the pot

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AVISTON, Ill. (KMOV.com) - The Aviston Queen of Hearts winner lost out on more than $500,000 in prize money by not being present when he won.

The winner was not present at the time of the drawing on Wednesday, knocking the prize money in half.

For weeks, crowds swarmed the small town of Aviston, Illinois in hopes of going home with the jackpot.

The lucky number 6444 was pulled and number one was the Queen of Hearts, giving the New Baden, Illinois resident the prize. The winner will walk away with $544,995 instead of $1,089,989.

The other half of the prize will roll over to the Queen of Hearts in the March 2018 drawing.

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